<note: when originally posted September 2017 this began with “Trump is exhausting”, I am reposting because nothing has changed>
“For in every adult there dwells the child that was, and in every child there lies the adult that will be.”
“Refusing to grow up may be a form of rebellion. But really growing up could be a revolution.”
Trump is exhausting. Not his presidency, not his administration, not his lack of policies or lack of any intellectual thought … just Trump.
Trump is exhausting.
I have decided he is exhausting because while I have continuously woken up every day hoping that today would be the day he would actually act like a president … okay … maybe just like a business leader … okay … I actually just want to wake up and see him act like an grownup.
Today, just another day, he wakes up and starts tweeting about London terrorism <which the UK prime minister and Scotland Yard have to respond “not very helpful”>, about an ESPN anchor, about his stupid wall, about … well … too numerous to count. And it isn’t just his lack-of-any-real-thought 140 character tweeting it is also his tween tone, teen sensitivity and teen words/grammar/punctuation.
He is not even the junior class president, he is just the gossip girl between classes.
Think about it.
Everything is unfair.
He is sad.
Girls confuse him.
I told you so.
I wish everyone would pay attention to me.
I am misunderstood.
Create drama <to Armageddon-like levels when possible>.
You would think I would have been smart enough to know that this is the new normal for us, but the same normal for Donald J Trump. I mean, what the hell, I wrote ‘teens celebrate Trump as new leader (’cause he is just like us)’ in March 2016 <yeah, 18 months ago, seems like a lifetime in Trump squirrel years>:
And then, after my first response, I laughed. I laughed because I sudden realized that every teen in America must be celebrating in the halls of their high school.
Trump is one of them.
<and imagine the kitchen table conversations now taking place where parents are counseling their children only to hear “you are being so unfair !!! … I was just retweeting what was on the internet … c’mon Mom … Donald Trump does it … you are being unfair …!!!”>
Sit around a bunch of older folk and pretty soon the conversation will ease its way into how the younger generation is addicted to their phones, they cannot think for themselves, twitter is the universe of the mindless illiterate generation, twitter is the death of grammar & punctuation and they believe everything they see on the internet. Suffice it to say, older folk have a tendency to believe handheld technology is destroying young people’s minds <the implication is that ‘sensible grownups would never do the things that immature, selfish, entitled young people would do.’
<please note … I do not agree and that when I am involved in this discussion it is typically around that lat comment that my head explodes>
Anyway. Trump is what older folk actually fear & believe. Trump embodies teen twitterology. He cannot stop retweeting and cannot stop from commenting on anything and he tweets before thinking … and retweets anything that comes across his phone that looks interesting to retweet <regardless of whether he has actually checked that it is real or not> .
He can summarize his policies, with detail, in maybe 2 tweets issued as he sips his coffee in the morning.
After the coffee kicks in it will take about 6 tweets to change the previous 2.
And later in the day he gets to go on air and discuss how the world is unfair <only to him>.
This is Trump’s doom loop of consistent inconsistencies whereby the next tweet update absolves responsibility for the less than thoughtful tweets up to that point. And, of course, it would be unfair to judge him on his 25th tweet when he is already on his 1250th tweet.
Dear Donald, have you thought about enrolling in high school again so you can troll the hallways as a bully and be the most important boy in the sophomore class? His immaturity almost makes teens look mature in contrast.
Trump’s tweening behavior is tiring.
I just want him to act like a grownup.
The bar is that low. Is that too much to ask?
I ask this because I know that being a grownup & “grownuphood” <a little different than adulthood> is all about becoming someone and something and unbecoming someone and something.
The truth about growing up is that we are constantly developing and un-developing and we continue to survive the missteps and step backs and figure out where & how to excel with momentary glimpses of what ‘could be’ … and that is what grownuphood is all about. And that is the ‘growing up’ I fear Donald J Trump is not doing <nor has ever done>.
If I could talk to Donald J <most likely using lots of pictures> I would tell him that grownuphood is much much better than okay. It is really good. It is much better because while some call it the burden of responsibility I call it “the freedom to enable my destiny.”
Yeah. Destiny kind of demands some grownupness <sorry about that Donald J>.
But the prize of grownuphood? You do with your destiny what you want. You can get angry if it doesn’t happen the way you want, but suffice it to say grownuphood is great because it is YOUR time to make it happen.
And I wish grownups would reclaim grownuphood and let the youth have their youth.
And I wish Trump would claim some grownuphood and let the youth have their youth.
But … this is Trumpville.
A place where little makes sense.
That is where we seem to live today.
He can be an idiot if he wants.
He can be incompetent <because he is>.
He can be an empty intellectual vessel <he is>.
But for god’s sake … just please start acting like a grown up.